Netherlands Passes Law Making Work From Home a Legal Right

The Dutch Parliament passed legislation establishing work from home in the Netherlands as a legal right.

The law approved on Tuesday urges employers in the Netherlands to consider permitting employees to work from home, given that the job allows the said setup.

The lower house of the bicameral Parliament approved legislation, but the Senate still has to back it to be adopted.

Dutch politicians Steven van Weyenberg and Senna Matoug initiated the proposal. Van Weyenberg said employees and employers’ unions also supported the proposal.

In 2019, the Netherlands ranked first with the highest rate of people working from home among the European countries. According to European statistic provider Eurostat, the Netherlands also ranked first in 2018, with 14 percent of employed people working remotely.

The Netherlands is one of the first countries to make flexible working a legal right. 

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